Summer is fast approaching, and we can just hope that we'll be lucky with the British weather this year!
Kids love the summer, and what better way to get them enjoying the outdoors and making their own tasty treats than making ice lollies? Here are our three favourite ice lolly recipes for you to whip up at home. The best part is that most of these use ingredients you may already have in your kitchen.
For all of these, you will need some ice lolly sticks and moulds. You can find some very reasonable ice lolly moulds on Amazon for under £7, but you can also improvise by using small plastic cups or washed out yoghurt pots. Wooden lolly sticks can easily be found in supermarkets or craft stores, although make sure you use the sticks that are just plain wood and aren't painted!
Here are our top recipes for summer ice lollies.
Easy Chocolate Fudge Ice Lollies
This recipe is adapted from Cincy Shopper's recipe for some very American 'Fudgesicles'. As the measurements were in cups, and some of the ingredients aren't common over here, we did a little bit of adapting.
This recipe makes 6 lollies, so your children can share these with siblings and friends. If you find you've made too many, don't worry, you can always save them for another day!
60g cocoa powder
130g white granulated sugar
2 tbsp golden syrup or maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
470 ml milk (you can use almond milk or another substitute if your child has an allergy)
In a small pan, whisk together the cocoa powder and sugar. Next, add the golden syrup (or maple syrup) and vanilla and stir on a low heat. Add milk a little bit at a time while whisking constantly, do this until everything has blended.
Turn off the heat and leave to cool. Pour equal amounts into the ice lolly moulds and freeze for 6 hours or overnight.
Citrus creepy crawly ice lollies
Back in 1999, some special ice lollies were released to promote Pixar's A Bug's Life. These were just like Rowntree's Fruit Pastel lollies, but they had little gummy bugs in them! They're not available today of course, which makes me feel a little old, but hopefully we can recreate them with this recipe...
These take a little more effort to make, but it's worth it when you see the finished result! The gummy bears aren't necessarily 'creepy crawlies', but your kids can use their imaginations for this! You can also vary the types of juice and cordial depending on allergies or your children's tastes. Using orange cordial and pineapple juice instead of blackcurrant and apple is also a great combo!
50ml apple juice
25m blackcurrant cordial
A packet of gummy bears and/or gummy worms
For these lollies, you'll need to create three layers. This may take a few days depending on your freezer, but this is something you can add to after work or after the school run until you get the finished result.
For the first layer, mix the blackcurrant cordial with 50ml of the lemonade. Distribute this equally into all of the moulds, this will create a little purple tip on the lollies. Leave this to freeze for 4 hours, or overnight if you prefer.
When the lime cordial layer has frozen, it's time to make the creepy crawly layer! Mix together the remaining 200ml of the lemonade and the lemon zest, and pour into the lolly moulds. Add the gummy bears and/or gummy worms. Be careful not to add too many, as gummy sweets have the tendency to float to the top of the liquid, and you only want a thin layer rather than a lump of jelly goo! Again, leave to freeze 6 hours or overnight.
Finally, use the apple juice it to fill up the mould and add more gummies. Why not put a snake at the bottom and gummy bears at the top for a bit of variety?
Easiest ever yogurt lollies
This is the simplest recipe of all! You only need to buy one ingredient, and this is perfect to make if you don't have enough time to
Simply get a four or six pot pack of your favourite Petit Filous flavour (Apricot and Strawberry are our favourites), remove the tops and put in a lolly stick for each pot. The lolly sticks may have to go in diagonally as the yoghurt will be very soft.
Simply freeze overnight and enjoy!